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We strive to understand the evolutionary and ecological mechanisms that generate and maintain biological diversity using population genomics, experimental manipulations, and field studies. Our goal is to not only test basic evolutionary and ecological theory, but also directly inform policy and management decisions that will ultimately determine the fate of biodiversity.

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Collaborative research on genetic rescue featured in Science magazine!

Trinidadian guppy pair. Photo credit: Paul Bentzen.

Our collaborative research on genetic rescue was featured in Science magazine. Former Funk Lab PhD student, Dr. Sarah Fitzpatrick (now an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University), was featured prominently in the article written by Elizabeth Pennisi. Sarah talked about our latest research using guppies […]

Congratulations to Rebecca Cheek for passing her comprehensive exam!

Rebecca and her PhD committee (Lise Aubry, Cam Ghalambor, Chris Funk, and Scott Sillett (remotely) after her successful comprehensive exam.

Rebecca Cheek, PhD CANDIDATE!!

Congratulations to Team Ascaphus for another successful field season!

2018 Team Ascaphus: (from left to right) Brenna Forester, Amanda Cicchino, and Kat Pain.

Congratulations to 2018 Team Ascaphus (Brenna Forester [postdoc], Amanda Cicchino [PhD student], and Kat Pain [undergrad field assistant]) for completing another successful coastal tailed frog (Ascaphus truei) field season. They collected tissues, specimens, and thermal tolerance data in […]

Another productive retreat at CSU Mountain Campus to work on our NSF EEID puma disease project

We had another productive retreat at the CSU Mountain Campus to work on our NSF EEID puma disease project (aka, the “Felidae” project). Current Funk Lab members working on this project include Daryl Trumbo and Chris Funk. Read more about the project here. […]

Please meet DR. Shah!

DR. Shah!

Congratulations to Alisha Shah for successfully defending her dissertation! Dr. Shah completed an impressive dissertation focusing on variation in thermal tolerance across latitude and elevation in stream insects. She moves to Missoula in January to join the lab of Dr. Art Woods as an NSF postdoc (see previous post for […]

Congrats to John Kronenberger for getting a job!!!

Thumbs up to getting a job.

Congratulations to John Kronenberger (former MS student co-advised with Lisa Angeloni), who has just landed a job as a Fisheries Genetics Lab Technician at US Forest Service’s National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation in Missoula, Montana! Another Funkling finding gainful employment doing something they […]

Chris promoted to full Professor

Chris and Victoria Funk in Corinna, Tasmania

Chris has jumped through his last academic hoop and has been promoted to full Professor. He is elated that he will never again have to pull together a T&P packet. […]

The Funk lab welcomes new PhD student, Amanda Cicchino!

The Funk lab is also happy to welcome Amanda Cicchino, who will be working as a PhD student on our tailed frog (Ascaphus spp.) genomics and evolutionary ecology project. Amanda received her MSc at Queens University, where she conducted research on call variation in spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer). Welcome to Colorado, Amanda! […]

The Funk lab welcomes new postdoc, Brenna Forester!

The Funk lab is pleased to welcome Brenna Forester, who will be working as a postdoc on our tailed frog (Ascaphus spp.) genomics and evolutionary ecology project. Brenna received her PhD at Duke University, where her dissertation focused on testing and applying landscape genomic methods for identifying loci under selection. Welcome to the Fort, […]

Congratulations to Brian Gill for accepting postdoc at Brown University!

Photo credit: Tyler Kartzinel

Recent lab alumnus, Brian Gill, has accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Institute for Environment and Society at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Together with Principal Investigator Tyler Kartzinel, Brian will utilize cutting-edge molecular tools to […]